WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Mount Whitney is going to lead the largest multinational military drill in the region called BALTOPS exercises.
“BALTOPS is an annually recurring multinational exercise designed to enhance flexibility and interoperability, as well as demonstrate resolve of allied and partner forces to defend the Baltic region,” the release said.
Some 50 ships participated in BALTOPS drill in 2015, according to the US Navy.
The exercises come at a time of growing tensions between Russia and the US-led NATO alliance. In April, Moscow warned of increased strains after a US naval destroyer sailed close to the Russian border.